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Libraries in the Future. Presented by Joan Frye Williams 2009 CALTAC Workshop. Times are tough. But we can’t just hunker down. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Alan Kay. +. Time is scarce. Netflix-style circulation. Automatic book dispensers.

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Libraries in the Future

Presented by Joan Frye Williams

2009 CALTAC Workshop

Times are tough

But we can’t just hunker down

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Alan Kay


Time is scarce

Netflix-style circulation

Automatic book dispensers

Information is everywhere

Engines, not OPACs

Demand-based resource allocation

Coaching with online forms

Strategic Direction 4: From frill to necessity

You carry your activities with you

Recombinant resources

  • Mainstream data formats

  • Easy import/export/snip

  • Toolbars, gadgets, widgets, APIs

Portable e-readers

Mobile services

Collaboration can make you smarter

Connected readers

Virtual outreach

Learning and play are two sides of the same coin

Gaming at the library

Planning, decision-making, and communication take place in real time

Activities buzz

Live circulation activity

e.g. Yorba Linda book feed

Instant online help

e.g. Topeka Meebo popup

Live program excerpts

Online fundraising

Innovation is everyone‘s job

User-contributed tags (headings)

The idea laboratory

A place to TRY new things:

  • Book art studio

  • Media production facility

  • New technology showcase

  • Small business incubator

We only get one Earth, so we’d better take good care of it

Green buildings and practices

Being strategic about all of this:“Futureproofing” moves

From exception to mainstream

Less gate-keeping, more convenience

From altruism to return on investment

Less perfectionism, more efficiency

From a focus on the past to a focus on the future

Less caution, more flexibility

From frill to necessity

Less reticence, more urgency

From information to transformation

Less anonymity, more humanity

Public library roles for tomorrow and beyond…

  • Entry point

  • Promoter and advocate

  • Convener

  • Partner/collaborator/facilitator

  • Communicator

  • Good example

  • Laboratory

  • Economic engine

Show the passion!

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